Transnational organized crime, in some cases abetted by lawless Latin American regimes, threatens US security. The US needs to expose organized-crime conspirators, rally support for the rule of law, and reinvigorate antidrug cooperation.
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Already besieged by corruption scandals, security crises, and the slow but steady unraveling of his structural reforms, the escape of El Chapo may have been the coup de grace to the president’s ability to govern.
What the next US president does to jumpstart US engagement to protect our security and project our values in the Americas could herald a recovery of leadership in the world.
In return for enormous US concessions to Cuba’s authoritarians, the Obama administration has received essentially nothing.
As evidence comes to light, it seems that President Danilo Medina of the Dominican Republic may be the latest Latin American leader grappling with a corruption scandal.
Senator Corker’s visit to Venezuela could send a positive signal that the US Congress will defend democracy, freedom of expression, and economic liberty, rather than seek to normalize ties with a criminal regime that is abusing the Venezuelan people.
President Obama welcomes his Brazilian counterpart Dilma Rousseff to Washington in the wake of bad news back home, wrought by statist policies that have smothered the country’s potential.
The Obama administration has largely ignored Latin American relations, indifferent to the economic decline and instability in several countries, but it’s not too late to proactively support free-market exchanges and restore productive relations within the hemisphere.